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An Unshed Tear

The look on my friend’s face as he

told me a snippet of his childhood

has haunted me for nearly

twenty-five years

 

I thought of him today and when

he shared with me his growing up

in an eye-blink town in the middle

of the harsh Texas Panhandle

 

His parents divorced when he was

very young and he and his mother

moved back home with his grandmother

Being raised by his mother, grandmother,

and a gaggle of aunts in an

old school family with no male role model

and too many ‘old lady’ rules

shaped his life

 

Tears gather as he talked

but never escaped

…Big boys don’t cry and all

that Southern Bullshit

…Never show emotions

Still upper lip

You know the drill

 

He continued the story by

telling me his father, new wife

and teenage son now lived

in the rural Texas town where

I grew up and my mother

still lived

 

Asking if I knew them

I replied … No, but the

name and their business

were both familiar to me

 

His teenage half-brother was a

local star athlete he told me

‘My father now has the son

I could never be’

were the words that

brought tears to his

middle-aged eyes

 

Those words stuck with me

all the years

as did the unshed tears

Deep inside that little boy

raised by all those women

blamed himself for the loss

of his father …

his family …

And perhaps what might

have been a different life

 

Copyright © 2017 Annie
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

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Writing Outside the Lines – Prompt 2.14 – Exquisite

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Today’s Prompt: Mark Helprin: “It was a mad and beautiful thing … “

Exquisite

That summer was one of

Surprises

Change

Love

and…

Loss

 

When I think of those

hot summer nights

and even hotter days

the only word that

comes to mind is

Fireworks!

 

We met and started

out white-hot as a

bottle rocket

Continued to flame

and blaze through

day after day seeing

fireworks in everything

at every turn …

from wild and crazy

lightning storms risking

everything to get just

the right picture as

a single streak

connecting with

the ground

Celebrating the

4th of July at

the city parks

fireworks show

once again risking

it all to get just the

right exposure of

fireworks in the sky

All in all that summer

as Helprin so perfectly said:

“It was a mad and beautiful thing … “

 

Looking back to those memories

Remembering the fireworks not

only in the sky, but in our hearts

We could have had it all

But for one thing …

Commitment

Copyright © 2017 Annie
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

 

 

 

Unbreak Me

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Unbreak Me

I never expected you to be

the one to come along and

unbreak me

I was far too damaged

 

I wanted from you nothing

more than friendship,

loyalty, trust

And…

No further damage

 

It took me months to trust you

with my damaged psyche and soul

It took you five seconds and one

hurtful word to destroy

friendship…

loyalty…

trust…

And to break my cracked

fragile pieces that were

yet unbroken

The pieces I held most

precious

Five seconds to lose all

I had gained after years

of partial healing

Five seconds for me to

lose trust in everyone

and realize I would never

be anything but

Broken…

 

Copyright © 2016 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Jean-Claude

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Jean-Claude

Walking in after all these years

my heart still skipped a beat

this was our home until all

had to be abandoned

not by choice mind you

but by circumstance

 

Everything dust-covered

decorated in spider webs

and scattered leaves

But … on the piano to

my surprise was a lit

candelabra …

No…

It couldn’t be …

after all these years

after our forced separation

 

That candelabra on the

piano was his signature

a clue to me the awakening

was happening …

 

Copyright © 2016 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

 

Conceal

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Conceal

That word …

Conceal

We all do it every day

We do it consciously

We do it unconsciously

But …

We hide the bits and pieces

of our lives

parts of…

who we are

who we are NOT

Until we no longer have

any idea who we really are

 

In this hiding lies begin

and…

we forget who we told what

who knows what about us

what promises we made

and…

what promises were broken

 

In Concealing our life

we lose ourselves…

we lose our identity…

we lose our souls…

we lose everything…

we live in pain and confusion

of our own creation

 

Come into the light

into the truth

stop hiding from yourself

stop hiding from others

be free …

 

Copyright © 2016 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Keeper of Memories

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Keeper of Memories

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Love …

Loss …

Memories …

Someone must remember

Someone must keep them alive

The memories …

The times …

The laughter …

The long conversations …

The comfort of silence …

The pain of silence …

Time goes by …

But …

Memories live on …

Copyright © 2016 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

*Note: Today’s poem was inspired from a book written by a dear friend of mine – California Boomers: Keeper of the Story – Don Noyes-More. May we all have stories to save and memories to keep … otherwise there is no life.

 

Crying …

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Writing Outside the Lines – Prompt 15

This week has seen several rainy days. Rain creates many different feelings, emotions, reactions for each of us. Use the picture to write your response to this week’s prompt.

 

Crying …

The world is at a loss

Too much hatred

Too much senseless death

Too much destruction

of the …

Mind…

Body…

Soul…

 

As I cry, so does

the World with me

Shedding raindrops

like tears of pain…

Tears attempting

to wash away all

the death

the destruction

looking for

the sun to

light the way

to compassion…

to peace…

to caring…

to humanity…

 

If only a few tears

a few raindrops

could change the

hatred of the world

and lead us as

humans to find

our way to

universal peace …

 

© 2015 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

 

 

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